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Open melt-in-the-middle burgers

Open melt-in-the-middle burgers

Total Time
30 min
15 min
15 min
So much more than the average homemade burger! Bite into these juicy beef patties to reveal an oozy, melted mozzarella and semi-dried tomato centre. Everything can be prepped ahead so all you need to do is light up the barbie when your guests arrive.


Red onion

1 medium

Extra lean beef mince, raw

500 g

Dried oregano

2 tsp


80 g, (1 x 80g piece)

Semi dried tomatoes, not in oil

50 g, chopped

Ciabatta roll

2 individual, (2 x 80g), split in half

Mixed salad leaves

2 cup(s), baby leaves, (60g)


1 large, thickly sliced

Oil spray

1 x 3 second spray(s)


  1. Thinly slice half the onion. Cover and set aside. Finely chop remaining onion. Place mince, chopped onion and oregano in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Divide mixture into 4 even portions. Shape portions into balls. Cut mozzarella into 4 even pieces. Press 1 mozzarella piece into the centre of each ball, top evenly with sundried tomatoes and mould mince mixture around the filling to enclose, then shape into 2cm-thick patties.
  3. Lightly spray a large non-stick frying pan with oil and heat over medium heat. Cook patties for 6-8 minutes on each side, until just cooked through.
  4. Meanwhile, lightly toast ciabatta. Top ciabatta halves with tomato, salad leaves, reserved sliced onion and burger patties. Serve with remaining salad leaves.


Burger patties can be prepared up to 3 hours ahead. Keep covered in the fridge until ready to cook.